Rajasthan Royals won the toss & have elected to bowl first
Gayle & Kl Rahul comes out to open for KXIP
Kl Rahul must
be relieved as he has been selected in the Indian cricket team for the Worldcup
wicket for Rajasthan Royals as Gayle was looking in good touch today but he was
deceived by a clever off-cutter from Jofra Archer and nicks off behind to give
Keeper Sanju Samson a dolly as he goes for 30. Mayank Agarwal comes in. KXIP
end of Powerplay: KXIP 39/1.
back and enjoy the Agarwal show as he’s creaming boundaries here just the
momentum KXIP needed and Kl Rahul needed as well as he was playing so rusty.
comes into action as well!
comes to an end. Mayank Agarwal was looking in fine touch as he was striking a
couple of sixes and a four against the two legspinners – Sodhi and Gopal. But
he played one shot too many and gave the New Zealand leggie his first wicket of
the season. He goes for 26. David Miller comes in. KXIP 67/2
Is Kl Rahul
playing a test match here? That was a joke as he’s seriously been so slow today
just 17 off 27 balls. Nonetheless Miller is doing what he always does,
partnership comes up for David Miller & Kl Rahul as KXIP are 118/2
wait!!!! there’s a No ball call from the Umpire!
Jofra Archer what have you done? A perfect delivery to end the David Miller but
finds out his foot forward. Such-an-anticlimax!
KL Rahul! A different KL Rahul for different season!
a very very slow start for him today but he makes up for it in the last 2/3 overs.
This season has seen a change in KL Rahul’s batting. Unlike last year where he
was striking at 158.4, the Kings XI Punjab opener is hitting them at 127.7. His
innings today of 52 off 47 balls set the platform alright, but did it cost the
hosts the loss of momentum? Only time will tell! KXIP 152/3
comes back to the rescue
Ashwin’s cameo of 17 runs off just 4 balls ensures KXIP went past the 180-mark.
The home side lost their way towards the end after the dismissal of KL Rahul,
but the skipper smashed Dhawal Kulkarni for a boundary and a couple of sixes to
finish the innings on a high. Rajasthan Royals, with a few of changes, need a
clinical performance from their batsmen to chase this down.
182 runs to win
Tripathi is given nod to open alongside Jos Buttler.
debut, Dream wicket!
Singh gets Buttler out for 23. The youngster deceived the Englishman with a
clever change of pace and provided the hosts with their first wicket.
calm at the other end
Samson and Rahul Tripathi made sure Ashwin does not get the opportunity to run
them out in his delivery stride as they were watchful while backing up and left
the crease only after the ball was released. However, Ashwin did break the
59-run partnership by cleaning up Samson.
Tripathi gets out just as Kl Rahul’s innings with a similar knock. The opener
got off the blocks quickly but lost his momentum in the middle overs and when
he was finally dismissed by Ashwin, he had eaten up 45 balls for his fifty.
resurrect the RR
played only once before today’s game, Stuart Binny provides Rajasthan Royals
with hope when the game seemed lost. The right-hander, having lost most of his
partners, keeps his side in the game with his power-hitting. He takes a
particular liking to Arshdeep Singh, striking him for two sixes in the 19th
by 12 runs
Royals lost their way after the 59-run partnership between Tripathi and Samson.
Losing Buttler early did not help either. They scored only 48 runs and lost 3
wickets in between overs 10 and 17. Rahane could not get going, Turner went for
a first-ball duck on IPL debut and Binny’s cameo late on was not enough to get
the visitors over the line.
___________________________________________________________________________Man of the match: Ravi Ashwin for his all-round performance